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THE SPIRIT OF SERVICE by President Obama, New York Joy of Life Week, September 2009

  

I first saw it in my mother who devoted her life improving life of rural poor and helped pioneer microloans in Indonesia

 I saw it again when I moved to Chicago, neighbourhood by neighbourhood- where I learnt real progress comes from the bottom up by people – you have to step up and serve 

I see the spirit of service in my wife Michelle – empowering people to live the dreams, and I see it at Clinton Global Initiative

We stand at a transformational moment in history – between great promise

 and great peril-  reckless speculation, the bad use of technology,  the flow of drugs and guns, emissions in usa melting ice caps Threats and challenges of 21st C are such that no  nation how large, how powerful can meet these challenges alone – we need new partnerships, creative collaborations, a new spirit of global partnership We are summoning new spirit of community service; to find community solutions that work and fund an replicate them across America;  Global partnerships initiative – newly created by Hilary Clinton – we need to make clear kind of future we want to build, across religions and regions, citizens are needed to build good governance but we still need innovations We need civil society to help host aid without corruption; the purpose of aid must be to create conditions where it’s no longer needed;  We need to improve public health systems capacity especially maternally and for children – we see development as a key element of American foreign policy – standing together, working together and building together- students and optimism and entrepreneurs- the spirit that says we can rise above barriers of race, religion , creed , country
Micro Up integrates economics and society the opposite way round from world trade and aid systems - those powered over by a few nations capitalising or colonising globally down on the rest of the world. What's your most outrageous of scenarios which our change age is going to need to empower people by empowering people ? 

Microeconomist Schumacher wrote: Fact is that world poverty is primarily a problem of 2 million villages and thus a problem of 2 billion villagers. Solutions cannot be found in cities...unless the rural hinterland can be made tolerable, the problem of world poverty is intolerable and inevitably will get worse. /// Since 1984 journalists have a moral imperative 1 2 to engage in oxford union debates on the motion only microeconomists can end poverty. please mail info@worldcitizen.tv with links to journalistsforhumanity  

 From our 1984 book - one of the mission impossibles of the net generation discovering sustainability involves this sort of scenario
M3 Turn the First Decade
I don't know the number but if there are 203 nations as we turn the first decade of millennium 3 and we want to celebrate 10 times more economical Micro Up systems , it would not surprise me if by 2030 we need free markets to harmonise win-win-win trades between at least 2030 worldwide hubs (or global village centres) each collaboratively celebrating poverty museum status for all whose livelihoods depend on or evolve microentrepreneurial systems designs. 

Clinton Global Initiative 2009
 

SPECIAL SESSION:
APPROACHES TO INNOVATION

Wednesday, September 23, 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM  Empire East, 2nd Floor
(Sign-up required)
At a time when the world finds itself on an unsustainable course, facing an increasing number of complex challenges for which traditional approaches are no longer sufficient, innovation stands as a key to addressing many of the issues confronting us today. During this session, experts in the field will discuss the importance of innovation as a vehicle for building a sustainable future. Where does innovation begin? What should be the role of government in promoting and facilitating innovation? Which countries are leading the charge, and how do you best position yourself and your organization to take advantage? This panel will provide a broad introduction to innovation, various approaches to cultivate it, and implications for those who pursue it and those who don’t.
Program Participants:William Drayton, Founder and CEO, Ashoka
Kathleen M. Eisenhardt, S.W. Ascherman Professor of Strategy and Organization, School of Engineering, Stanford University
Reena Jana, Editor, Innovation Department, BusinessWeek
John Kao, Chief Executive Officer, Kao & Company
 

PLENARY SESSION:
INVESTING IN GIRLS AND WOMEN

Wednesday, September 23, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM  Metropolitan Ballroom, 2nd floor
Every problem in the world is exacerbated by gender inequality. Even though women make up 50 percent of the world's population, girls and women continuously lack the same access as men to education, health care, jobs, and the political arena. Yet each year of schooling increases a woman's income by 10 to 20 percent, and closing the gender gap adds 0.5 percent to a country's per capita GNP. Smart businesses appreciate that increased support for girls and women is integral to fostering successful markets for the future. Innovative programs are already producing remarkable results, and far-seeing countries and organizations are finding that reaching out to girls and women deepens confidence, creates opportunity, and raises profits. This panel will examine a few notable success stories.PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:
Edna Adan, Director and Founder, Edna Adan Maternity and Teaching Hospital
Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO , The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Zainab Salbi
, Founder and CEO , Women for Women International
Diane Sawyer
, Co-anchor, “Good Morning America”; Co-anchor, “Primetime”
Rex Tillerson
, Chairman and CEO, ExxonMobil
Melanne Verveer
, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of State
Robert B. Zoellick
, President, The World Bank Group 
PLENARY SESSION:
HARNESSING INNOVATION FOR DEVELOPMENT
Wednesday, September 23, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM  Metropolitan Ballroom, 2nd Floor
The year 2008 will come to be recognized as the turning point when a series of crises gripped the planet: the spike in oil prices, the world food shortage, and the global financial meltdown. Add these to the list of ongoing mega-problems and it becomes clear that innovation on a massive scale is required to move us toward a more sustainable world. This plenary session explores the innovation strategies needed to effectively address the planetary crises we now face. From incremental improvements within existing modes of operation to leapfrog innovations in clean technology and bottom-up business creation models to serve the poor, panelists will discuss which strategies they consider critical to effectively harness innovation for sustainable development.PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:
Matthew Bishop, New York Bureau Chief and American Business Editor, The Economist
Al Gore, Chairman, The Alliance for Climate Protection
Jack Ma, Chairman and CEO, Alibaba Group
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director, The World Bank Group
Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation
Muhammad Yunus, Founder and Managing Director, Grameen Bank
 

Seminar: Becoming Embedded: Co-Creating Business with the Community

Wednesday, September 23, 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM New York East, 3rd Floor
(Sign-up required)
Smart companies are trying to rethink global strategies and get beyond one-size-fits-all solutions. Increasingly, companies viewed as outsiders – alien to both the cultures and the ecosystems within which they do business – are finding it difficult to realize their full economic and social potential. A key innovation challenge is for companies to become more indigenous in the communities they seek to serve. Doing so requires that they broaden their bandwidth by involving voices that have previously gone unheard to co-create businesses with local partners. A more inclusive form of capitalism thus requires innovation not only in technology, but also in business procesess and mindsets. This panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities for businesses seeking to become more locally embedded. (Global challenges emphasized: economic empowerment) COMMITMENTS PRESENTER:
Muhammad Yunus, Founder and Managing Director, Grameen Bank
PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:
Gordon A. Enk, Vice President of Strategy and Co-Founder Enterprise for a Sustainable World
Paul Polak
, Founder, IDE , D-Rev, and Windhorse International
Simona Rocchi
, Director, Sustainable Design, Philips
Erik Nikolajs Simanis
, Senior Researcher, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Johnson School of Management, Cornell University
Doug Solomon
, Chief Technology Officer, IDEO    
SPECIAL SESSION:
FROM CEO TO NGO
Wednesday, September 23, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM  Empire East, 2nd Floor
(Sign-up required)
During this session, former executives will come together to discuss the importance of philanthropy and how their background in the private sector has allowed them to effectively take part in non-profit organizations and foundations. When their main focus is on improving the global community and not their bottom line, what advice do they have for the private sector? And, what do they know from their current work that they wish they had known when they were only running multi-million for-profit dollar enterprises? This panel will showcase not only how non-profits can learn from the business community but how the business community can learn from non-profits. PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:
Eli Broad, Founder, The Broad Foundation
Chrystia Freeland, U.S. Managing Editor, The Financial Times
Ted Turner, Chairman, Turner Enterprises, Inc.
Amy Robbins, Founder, The Nduna Foundation
Bob Wright, Co-Founder, Autism Speaks; Senior Advisor, Lee Equity Partners 

PLENARY SESSION:
STRENGTHENING INFRASTRUCTURE

Thursday, September 24, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM   Metropolitan Ballroom, 2nd floor
Strong and vibrant infrastructure is central to solving pressing global challenges, from improving health care delivery and reducing poverty, to fixing slums and responding to global warming. But today we are seriously under-investing in the world’s physical and institutional infrastructure. As CGI’s Annual Meeting unfolds, G-20 leaders will gather in Pittsburgh to confront the economic slowdown. Public works investment and new information technology can provide a foundation for recovery by facilitating job creation, unleashing private sector investment, and promoting an equitable transition to a lower-carbon and more prosperous global economy. This plenary session will explore how strategic public investment in smarter infrastructure can create opportunities for industry, address deep social needs, promote effective public-private collaboration, and jumpstart the world economy.PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:
Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General, United Nations; President, Kofi Annan Foundation
John T. Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco
Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO, Renault-Nissan Alliance
Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO, General Electric
Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour
 
INFRASTRUCTURE BREAKOUT SESSIONS:
Townhall: The Infrastructure of Human Dignity: Protecting the Most Vulnerable
Thursday, September 24, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Empire East, 2nd floor
(Sign-up required)
Modern delivery systems for health care, safe drinking water, sanitation, nutrition, clean energy, and education are essential for meeting basic human needs.  Without proper infrastructure, many people go unfed, children go without reliable water or sleep in makeshift homes, and the sick and dying are denied adequate medical attention. Patterns of infrastructure development, planning, and investment determine our ability to realize the goals of reversing global poverty, increasing rural economic development, and expanding access to quality health care. This panel will look at the human consequences of physical infrastructure investments, with a special emphasis on improving health outcomes through better sanitation, increased water supplies, expanded food availability, rebuilding slums, and training and human capital. COMMITMENTS PRESENTER:
Nicholas D. Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times; Co-Author, “Half the Sky" PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:
Paul Farmer, Founder, Partner in Health
Wangari Maathai, Founder, The Green Belt Movement, Kenya
Ingrid Munro, Founder, Jamii Bora Trust; Group CEO, Jamii Bora Group
John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
Robert E. Rubin, Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations; Former United States Secretary of the Treasury
INFRASTRUCTURE BREAKOUT SESSIONS:
Seminar: Infrastructure of Recovery: Good Jobs and Smart Growth
Thursday, September 24, 10:30 PM - 12:30 PM New York East, 3rd floor
(Sign-up required)
Global recession has slowed private sector investment and caused rampant job loss. In response, governments around the world are investing in economic recovery through forward-looking public works projects. This new generation of infrastructure investments – from broadband networks to transit systems to clean energy technology – is laying the groundwork for global deployment of advanced technology and private sector innovation. The response to the economic crisis has set the stage for a new generation of smarter infrastructure empowered by better use of information and more efficient use of resources. Outdated development patterns are being “leap-frogged.” This session provides an opportunity to reflect on progress one year into the economic crisis and to examine the relationship between the public and private sectors.
COMMITMENTS PRESENTERWilliam H. Frist, University Distinguished Professor, Vanderbilt University
PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:
Jacob J. Lew, Deputy Secretary of State Management and Resources, U.S. Department of State
Reema Nanavaty, Director, Economic and Rural Development, Self Employed Women’s Association
Michele Norris, Host, All Things Considered, National Public Radio
Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland; President, Realizing Rights – The Ethical Globalization Initiative
James E. Rogers, Chairman, President, and CEO , Duke Energy Corporation  

HUMAN CAPITAL BREAKOUT SESSIONS:
Townhall: Developing the 21st Century Workforce

Thursday, September 24, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM New York West, 3rd floor
(Sign-up required)
From the United States to Uganda, too many schools and communities are failing to equip young people with the education needed to succeed. There are real opportunities for new partnerships to develop skills for the knowledge-based, low-carbon economies of the future, to retrain people who have lost their jobs in the crisis, to create new types of green jobs, and to improve the teaching of science, math, health, and business.  Companies have a clear interest in finding ways to develop the human capital not only of their own workers and business partners but also of the young people in the communities and countries in which they operate.COMMITMENTS PRESENTER:
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:Gwen Ifill, Moderator & Managing Editor, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill & National Journal
Jamie P. Merisotis
, President and CEO , Lumina Foundation for Education
Luis Alberto Moreno
, President, Inter-American Development Bank
James Mwangi
, Managing Director and CEO, Equity Bank Limited
Soraya Solti
, Senior Vice President, MENA, INJAZ al Arab 

INFRASTRUCTURE SPECIAL SESSION:
BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE - A PROGRESS REPORT ON MAKING IT RIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS

Thursday, September 24, 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM  New York East and West, 3rd floor
(Sign-up required)

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina offers powerful lessons for the global community as we prepare for a future shaped by global warming and recovery from economic crisis. The collision of natural disaster, persistent poverty, and failed public infrastructure investments proved lethal for the people of New Orleans. In response, a commitment launched through CGI is trying to “Make it Right.” This special session offers a progress report on this CGI commitment, demonstrating concretely how government, non-profits, and the private sector can work together to build safer, stronger, and more resilient communities while expanding economic opportunity. From one of the greatest disasters in American history, “Make it Right” is laying the groundwork for new prosperity and new beginnings on a foundation of affordable green housing. The discussion will include specific stories of the recovery in New Orleans, and launch a dialogue with CGI members on the future of green infrastructure and sustainable cities.
PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President, United States of America; Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative
Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of Sustainability, Masdar City, UAE International
Melody Barnes, Director of Domestic Policy Council, White House
Tom Darden, Executive Director, Make It Right
Richard Fedrizzi
, President, USGBC
Brad Pitt
, Founder, Make It Right
Dierdre Taylor
, Make It Right Homeowner; Hospice Worker 

CLINTON GLOBAL CITIZEN AWARDS CEREMONY

Thursday, September 24, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM  Metropolitan Ballroom, 2nd Floor
President Clinton, along with special guests, honors extraordinary people that have demonstrated visionary leadership in solving pressing global challenges. Through their work, these citizens have proven that diverse sectors of society can work together successfully to devise and implement solutions that effect positive, lasting social change.
ANNOUNCING THE 2009 AWARD RECIPIENTS:Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda
Rola Dashti, Member of Parliament, State of Kuwait
Asha Hagi Elmi Amin, Chairperson, Save Somali Women and Children
Peter Bakker, Chief Executive Officer, TNT  
Ruchira Gupta, President, Apne Aap Women Worldwide
Quincy Jones, Founder, Quincy Jones Foundation
 

PLENARY SESSION:
MOVING FROM CRISIS TO OPPORTUNITY - FINANCING AN EQUITABLE FUTURE

Friday, September 25, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM  Metropolitan Ballroom, 2nd floor
This plenary session will address how to move beyond the current economic and financial crisis to tap innovative sources of financing that can provide stable, ethical, and scalable funding for organizations addressing the world’s most challenging problems. The panel will bring together voices from across the financial continuum to discuss how the financial system can work for all. It will point the way to align interests of public, private, and philanthropic capital to build solutions for a more equitable world. PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:

Fale Abed, Founder and Chairman, BRAC
Sheila Bair
, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Maria Bartiromo, Anchor, CNBC
James Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Peter Sands, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered PLC

 

FINANCE BREAKOUT SESSION:
Townhall: Harnessing Financial Markets for the Global Good

Friday, September 25, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Empire East, 2nd Floor
(Sign-up required)
The slowing of capital flows (private, public, and philanthropic) increases the need for double (or triple) bottom line investors. Capital market solutions can raise billions in long-term financing required to address global challenges in climate change, health care, education, poverty, and other areas. This breakout session will examine the infrastructure necessary for generating, supporting, and measuring investments to leverage more finance from a greater variety of sources, channeled to points of high impact in ways that produce clear social as well as financial returns. It will identify the roles that policymakers, regulators, investors, entrepreneurs, and financial markets can play in building an infrastructure that engenders and supports high impact, long-term investing.COMMITMENTS PRESENTER:
José María Figueres, Former President of Costa Rica; CEO, Concordia 21

PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of the Republic of Iceland
Shamshad Akhtar
, Regional Vice President, Middle East and North Africa, The World Bank
Peter Blom
, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, Triodos Bank; Chairman, Global Alliance for Banking on Values
Robert Christen
, Director, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Roger W. Ferguson Jr.
, President and CEO , TIAA-CREF
Suzanne Nora Johnson
, Chair, Global Markets Institute
Christine Eibs Singer, Chief Executive Officer, E+Co
 

FINANCE BREAKOUT SESSION:
Seminar: Deepening Financial Inclusion to Reach the Underserved - the Bottom Billion and the Missing Middle

Friday, September 25, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM New York West, 3rd floor
(Sign-up required)
Millions of poor families have gained access to financial services through microfinance over the last thirty years.  But there are two demographics currently below and above the reach of most microfinance – the extremely poor (the bottom billion) and the small business entrepreneur (the missing middle).  This breakout session will examine scalable innovations now underway to extend financial inclusion to these two demographics so that they too can help create equitable financial systems and become part of the answer to solving world challenges like poverty, access to health care and education, and climate change. COMMITMENTS PRESENTER:
Wangari Maathai, Founder, The Green Belt Movement, Kenya

PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:

Abdul Karim Al-Arhabi
, Minister of Planning and Deputy Prime Minister, Yemen
William Foote, Founder and CEO, Root Capital
James Gutierrez, Chief Executive Officer, Progreso Financiero
Mary Houghton, President, ShoreBank Corporation
Elizabeth L. Littlefield, Director, The World Bank; CEO, CGAP: Consultative Group to Assist the Poor
FINANCE BREAKOUT SESSION:
Seminar: Crossing Borders between Public, Private, and Philanthropic Finance
Friday, September 25, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM New York East, 3rd floor
(Sign-up required)
Philanthropic, public, and profit-seeking investors have begun to find creative ways to collaborate in financing responses to some of the world's most intractable problems.  This breakout session will look at creative finance tools being used to share the risks and rewards of investing in solutions to poverty, access to health care and education, and climate change.  The focus will be on profiling financial innovations that can cross sectors while leveraging the comparative advantages of private, public, and philanthropic capital. By spotlighting collaborative financing models and tools, and the impact of investing metrics being used to chart their successes, these models and tools can be spread more widely throughout the public, private, and philanthropic worlds. COMMITMENTS PRESENTER:
Helene D. Gayle, President and Chief Executive Officer, CARE USA PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:Fola Adeola, Founder and Chairman, Guaranty Trust Bank, PLC
Matthew Arnold, Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.
David Bornstein, Author, Dowser.org
Rachel Kyte, Vice President Advisory Services, International Finance Corporation
Julian Lob-Levy, Executive Secretary, The GAVI Alliance  
CLOSING PLENARY SESSION
Friday, September 25, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   Metropolitan Ballroom, 2nd Floor
The closing plenary will highlight progress achieved over the past five years, showcase the accomplishments of the 2009 Annual Meeting, and inspire attendees to continue their work via Commitments to Action in the year ahead with a keynote address from Hillary R. Clinton, United States Secretary of State, and closing remarks from President Clinton.

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Barack Obama, 44th President, United States of America PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:

William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President, United States of America; Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative
Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile
Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia
Mike Duke, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
 Obam talk on The spirit of serviceI first saw it in my mother who devoted her life improving life of rural poor and helped pioneer microloans in Indonesia I saw it again when I moved to Chicago, neighbourhood by neighbourhood- where I learnt real progress comes from the bottom up by people – you have to set up and serve I see the spirit of service in my wife Michelle – empowering people to live the dreams CGI The entrepreneurs you have empowered with microloans, the green house gases you have cut We stand at a transformational moment in history – between great promise and great peril; reckless speculation, the bad use of technology. The flow of drugs and guns, emissions in usa melting ice caps Threats and challenges of 21st C- no one nation how large, how powerful can meet these challenges alone – we need new partnerships, creative collaborations, a new spirit of global partnership We are summoning new spirit of community service; to find community solutions that work and fund an replicate them across America;  Global partnerships initiative – newly created by Hilary Clinton – we need to make clear kind of future we want to build, across religions and regions, citizens are needed to build good governance but we still need innovations We need civil society to help host aid without corruption; the purpose of aid must be to create conditions where it’s no longer needed;  We need to improve public health systems capacity especially maternally and for children – we see development as a key element of American foreign policy – standing together, working together and building together- students and optimism and entrepreneurs- the spirit that says we can rise above barriers of race, religion , creed , country  Your commitments have never been more needed;  
THE G-20 AND ITS IMPACT ON GLOBAL CHALLENGES
Tuesday, September 22, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM  New York West, 3rd floor
(Sign-up required)

With a focus on major modern challenges – growing populations, natural resource scarcity, global warming, dynamic global and financial markets, strains on social systems, and incomplete economic opportunity for billions of people – this session will enable G-20 Heads of State who represent the largest economies in the world to preview their positions
in advance of the G-20 meeting in
Pittsburgh. G-20 world leaders will describe their outlook for the future and suggest opportunities to enhance cooperation among governments, businesses, and civil society on issues of shared interest and importance that underpin a sustainable and prosperous future.
Program Participants

Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of The Argentine Republic
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Lawrence H. Summers, Director, National Economic Council
Ernesto Zedillo, Former President of Mexico; Director, The Yale Center

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There are 4 future history endings to the 21st C. As my daughter is 9 year old: I find the first three of these compound futures utterly unacceptable and invite you to mail me at info@worldcitizen.tv if you do too:

Dinosaur: means the whole human species will be as dead as the dodo. Tell us who's "death of birth" story interests you most. I'm a fan of Chairman Ray Anderson, and this video. In it, he explains not only how all corporations -as key systems in  productive and demanding networks of human relationships - can help humanity prevent the "dinosaur ending" but also how those corporations who value human life will compound the most profits too. It's a myth that sustainability business investments don't do well by doing good. But what is required is consistent investment through time as all entreprenurial and economic systems are intended be, not exercises in how much can you reap or rape from the world every last quarter. All the true economists have mapped how healthy societies beget strong economies, NOT  vice versa.

Shark: means that there will be a world of less than a billion people, most enslaved to the greediest and nastiest men. It is not for nothing that the Spectre villains in James Bond films kept pet sharks. Sharks sense how to make a human or financial killing at many miles - they literally are the best at smelling blood as well as having  blood-thirsty greeds. I am by no means claiming that most large organisational boardrooms are populated by sharks. But as a mathematician and investigator of Unseen Wealth research I am weary of hearing over 20 years of protests that we are ignorant of the system law : if  leadership only optimises how much money speculators take out from the last quarter's spreadsheet,  the organisation's  purpose will be full of holes than a pantomime dame's leaking bucket. Worse over time what you exclude from governing a system is what you compound the destruction of. That's why any boardroom who does not want to see its business case transparently audited for sustainability henceforth swims with the sharks or is blinded by butterflies.

Butterflies tell the wrong stories about system or network models of how to map the whole before getting boxed into parts. Butterflies making system patterns sound complex or chaotic beyond human wit. Inconveniently, this gives the manager the perfect excuse to say that sytsem transformation cannot be succesful.  Their end consequence is also likely to end with less than a million beings living, but this time survivors wll all be back in the cave age.  As the world gets more interconnected, what we need to map is exactly how do get interconnected in each other's most vital compound risks or joys. We do need to prevent the next HIV from spreading virally beyond early cases especially if it is transmitted by contagious birds. Grassroots in frastructures needed little more than a primitive mobile telephone network around Tsunami coastlines to prevent deaths of thos who were 5 hours away from the wave even if those nearest the wave's origin could not have ben alerted. We need to reduce online degrees of separation to zero when the information to be passed through us humans is life critical in its flows. Conversely, there are many types of active learning that multiply value in use instead of gettin g consumed up the way in dustrial things always were. The two great untruths told by the butterfly brigade:

1) that there is one primary way of thinking or doing systems- by definition systemic approaches interface and integrate around molecular subsystems; one simple consequence of this organsiationally is a lot more interdisciplinary flows are needed for the  service economy  organsiational system to wholly empower trust and other entrepreneurial energies

2) that my life -or yours - will be impacted on the other side of the world by a butterfly flapping its wing. This ludicrous insult to logic should not however lead anyone to believe that we can lose all the world's rainforests and expect climate equilibrium to be sustained.

Lion-Child - and I would delight in hearing of other identifications, since this is the truly important story of the four and merits every type of cross-cultural rendering you all can imagine - is about the collaboration characters we will need to flourish if 6+ billion humans are to thrive. Quite a simple thing to achieve if we are as truly curious as a child, as courageous as a lioness in protecting her young, and cherish the pride in community wellbeing as much as lions do.


 

Ideas for 24 Goals for the 24 Days PowWow on will humanity invest in Sustainability in Time

I gather that some goals gave already been decided. Numbers do not denote order:
 
Activity Goals
G1 Plant 24 intercity hubs around the world using Islington hub and espian plex tools as  strawman infrastructure for local adaptation
 
G2 Demand that London's Mayor etc open up sufficient spaces in public building for 90 day summer debate of sustainability issues
 
G3 Develop a map of all hubs and learning houses - ie to include the 24 homegrown ones, and others out there eg Brazil has at least two www.catcomm.org
London has the house www.learninghouse.biz  
 
G4 Get the 24 hubs to start editing their own crisis learning travel guide that Sofia is producing 2007 version of which incidentally will include a start up map of hubs; other contents in this include Harrison Owen Open Space for children; Gandhi family debriefings from the world's largest school and 1 million oneworld alumni; challenges of starting up CIDA's free university
 
G5 How can we go beyond the learning guide to a meeting  format trialled by London and for replication in any city Learning500 (see mail of sat feb 3 addendum Sunita Gandhi)
 
G6 invite 24 days participants to nominate 15 entries of book of the 200 most trusted collaboration entrepreneurs of 2008 , with particular foci on the 7 sustainability crises which become irreversible if they're not turning round by 2012 see pic attached
 
G7 The top 4 outcome crises in the picture are a direct match with Larry Brilliant’s 4 main goals for progressing the work of google.org - how do we establish b ridges with that - he states these goals at this video minute 14 http://webcast.ucsd.edu:8080/ramgen/UCSD_TV/11645.rm
 
G8 How do we mobilise all new economists and sustainability investors around the empowerment development economics revolution Sir Nick Stern is leading which from May will be out of the London School of Economics- what London student networks already exist to interact positively with Sir Nick; how can we unite oxbridge and Indian alumni too (since eg Sir Nick's curricula is parallel to that Manmohan Singh has been pioneering since his Cambridge days in the 1950s and blends with the Entrepreneurial Revolution trilogy of my father). How do we ensure that the debate on how to spend 1% of economies to save 20% does not get greenwashed by all the old vested interests; the worst scenario being that the 1% is wholly wasted while an image of saving the climate lulls us into false security
 
G9 How could we outline the definitive entrepreneurial, peace network (open systems , biomass) curricula that all new age universities and serve the world alumni need (eg blend this with the Sir Richard Branson entrepreneur school at Cida, the India alumni of city Montessori etc)    
 
G10 How do we popularise the 4 end states of sustainability - eg Dinosaur (death of birth), Shark (1 million enslaved by a few James Bond Spectre Villains), Butterfly probably 1 million cavemen through  telling system stories the wrong way (I'll never be impacted by a butterfly's wing but could from nuclear wave or terror wave or birdflu or Greenland unhinging) , LionChild (or whatever is your identity) of 6+ billion people collaborating around a higher order system of sustainability which fairly integrates every locality into globalisation. How do we own the vocabulary so that these 4 identities become part of worldwide chat.
 
G11 How do we identify journalist for humanity who care about at least one of the 7 above crises as reaching irreversibility by 2012 if we don’t fix them now
 
G12 How do we start developing supporters clubs around collaboration entrepreneurs connecting eg all the best ideas that Yunus is using - thegreenchildren.org - a British pop-spokesgroup for Grameen; the microcreditsummit as one of the top 10 world citizen meeting formats; the extension of microcredit as the perfect concept to clean up the banking market into other concepts designed to partner trillion dollar global markets until they stop externalising destruction of each market's deepest human purpose (see trillion dollar audit game - left an early copy with you, otherwise it will emerge at http://worldcitizen.tv and is backed up by the earlier book Alan was writing with me)